On the formation and evolution of asteroid belts and their potential significance for life

@article{Martin2013OnTF,
  title={On the formation and evolution of asteroid belts and their potential significance for life},
  author={Rebecca G. Martin and Mario Livio},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={428}
}
Suggestions have been made that asteroid belts may be important both for the existence of life and perhaps even for the evolution of complex life on a planet. Using numerical models for protoplanetary discs, we calculate the location of the snow line, and we propose that asteroid belts are most likely to form in its vicinity. We then show that observations of warm dust in exosolar systems, thought to be produced by collisions between asteroids in a belt, indicate that asteroid belts (when they… Expand

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